Vaal residents need not panic about black plague in SA

November 1, 2017

VAAL TRIANGLE - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says there is no outbreak of the black plague in South Africa. Data released by the UN and Madagascar’s National Bureau of Risk Management and Disaster showed the plague has killed 124 people and infected 1,200 in Madagascar since August. The Institute’s Dr. Lucille Bloomberg said our risk of getting the plague from people travelling from Madagascar to South Africa would be very low. However, Bloomberg said we need to be vigilant so we do have systems in place and can test for plague here. She said we have had the plague on the continent for a long time and the antibiotics are readily available.Sixty-seven percent of cases in Madagascar have been classified as the pneumonic form of the disease, which means it can spread from person to person.Symptoms of the plague include painful, swollen lymph nodes, called buboes, as well as fever, chills and coughing. Bloomberg urged citizens, including Vaal Triangle residents, not to panic as there is no outbreak in the country.

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